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SLFS 3rd Annual Summer Showdown: Who Will Be Crowned?

By the end of the summer only one film will make it out alive to be crowned the king of summer. Audience members who factored into the winnings will also receive crowns of their own.
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The entrance of the Broadway Centre Cinemas in downtown Salt Lake City on Saturday, June 1, 2024. (Photo by Marco Lozzi | The Daily Utah Chronicle)

 

Get ready for a season full of triumph and risk as films battle it out to be on top this summer. For their third annual Summer Showdown, Salt Lake Film Society pits two films against each other each weekend for audiences to bet on. Hosted at the Broadway Centre Cinema in downtown Salt Lake City, this is bound to be the brawl of the summer.

Where We Started, Where We Are Now

SLFS began its annual showdown in 2022 as a post COVID-19 charity event for the cinema and organization itself. Receiving high marks from audiences, they’ve made a comeback each year following, making adjustments to the experience each year. This year’s event includes additional winnings for audience attendance including merchandise, limited time swag and surprise giveaways.

This year’s showdown fits all eyes, ears and ages. SLFS will feature films of all genres, something to spark everyone’s interest. Movies range from “The Matrix,” “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” “Space Jam,” “Pulp Fiction” and a Salt Lake favorite: “SLC Punk!” Each of these are pit against rivals of the same quality and dynamic, SLFS is not making it easy on us this year. “Cult Cinema at its best,” this is not an event you’ll want to skip out on. Tickets are on sale now, if you want your film to make it out of the ring, be sure to attend and root for your favorite. The event will be ongoing until the weekend of Sept. 6-7 and the finale will announce the film of the summer.

How Does It Work?

You may be wondering how the process of crowning the films works. SLFS has created quite the easy process for attendees to help their favorite film be crowned king and even win big themselves. 

Just upon entering the cinema, each ticket holder gives one point to the film being screened. This means the more friends you invite, the higher the chance your film has of being crowned each weekend. Along with this, audience members can donate any amount to the organization which accrue two points to your favorite film on the day of screening per dollar contributed — a great trade if you ask me. The third and final way to get your film on top is by joining SLFS’ Red Carpet Club. By doing this each membership dollar can be used toward any film of your choice.

When We Reach the End

Each weekend a film will be chosen as the winner and announced on social media. If you want to be in the know, be sure to follow along through their Instagram, Twitter and Facebook accounts as the fight unravels.

By the end of the summer only one film will make it out alive to be crowned the king of summer. Audience members who factored into the winnings will also receive crowns of their own. In order to be the one who makes it to the end, you’ll want to stick around this summer and fight for the best film. It’s up to us … who will be crowned?

Check out the SLFS website for details on how to get your tickets today!

 

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Laney Hansen
Laney Hansen, Arts Writer
Laney is a communications major with a modern dance minor at the University of Utah. Originally based from South Jordan, Utah, Laney has always been drawn to the creativity of the arts in Salt Lake and other surrounding towns. One of their favorite parts is the large local music scene. This is one reason why Laney joined the Chronicle: to open people’s eyes to the wonderful world of Utah-based musicians and artists galore. Other than head banging at your favorite local venue, you can find Laney running, hiking, dancing, or just reading a good book on the commute up to campus.
Marco Lozzi
Marco Lozzi, Photographer
(he/him) Born in Texas and raised by Italian parents, Marco Lozzi grew up with two vastly different cultures. Now at the U, he is majoring in communication with an emphasis in journalism while also minoring in photography and Italian. He works as a photojournalist covering everything from protests on campus to scientific research in the Arctic. When he's not taking or editing photos, he can be found hitting the slopes, napping or making pasta.

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